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Boys In Care

Part of Being A Man

What is life like for boys in care? How does the experience compare with the first generation of boys who were fostered? How does the experience shape their idea of what it means to be a man? With numbers currently in care at a thirty year high, with more boys than girls in the system, we examine how the care system supports thousands of boys across the country, and the challenges they face growing up and entering adulthood.

With a panel featuring:

- Yomi Sode, a poet, father and former social worker. Over the past nine years, he’s had work commissioned by The Mayor’s Office, BBC World Service/Africa, Channel 4, charities and for the UN Humanitarian Summit;

- Solomon O.B, 2016 Hammer & Tongue National Poetry Champion, emcee, musician, spoken word artist, and Ambassador for TACT Care. A lover of dynamic displays of lyricism, O.B delivers passionate and engaging performances, challenging the status quo and constantly looking to push his own boundaries. He has featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, The Guardian online as well as being named a guest speaker at the Telegraph Festival of Education.

- Jerome Harvey-Agyei, who has grown up in the care system, giving him a set of experiences that have given him a passion and purpose to go onto doing a lot of work helping vulnerable people via Barnardos as an advocate and participation worker. Jerome also runs empowerment workshops, motivational talks and is a radio host for Don City Radio with the aim to help empower communities to help educate and evolve the world around him. He is now working on strategies to inject love into systems to help bring back the meaning behind the work many do. Some of what he has done in recent years includes co-founding a voluntary project on Christmas Day (The Tope Project) for care leavers to help combat loneliness at Christmas, which has inspired many project across the UK and internationally. He is also an ambassador for Free your mind CIC, working to help anxiety, depression, panic attacks and childhood domestic violence.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


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This event is included in both the Friday Being A Man Pass and the Being A Man Weekend Pass.